Pop/Rock, Proto-Punk, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Power Pop, Punk/New Wave

Album Review

A shambling wreck of an album, Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers ranks among the most harrowing experiences in pop music; impassioned, erratic, and stark, it's the slow, sinking sound of a band falling apart. Recorded with their label, Stax, poised on the verge of bankruptcy, the album finds Alex Chilton at the end of his rope, sabotaging his own music long before it can ever reach the wrecking crew of poor distribution, indifferent marketing, and disinterested pop radio. His songs are haphazardly brilliant, a head-on collision between inspiration and frustration, and the album is a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy, each song smacking of utter defeat and desperation. The result is either one of the most vividly emotional experiences in pop music or a completely wasted opportunity. While the truth probably lies somewhere in between, there's no denying Third's magnetic pull -- it's like an undertow. Originally appearing under the name 3rd on PVC Records in 1978, Rykodisc's 1992 release is the initially definitive edition of this unfinished masterpiece, its 19 tracks most closely approximating the original planned running order while restoring the music's intended impact. In addition to unearthing a blistering cover of the Kinks' "Till the End of the Day" and a haunting rendition of Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy," it also appends the disturbing "Dream Lover," which distills the album's messiest themes into less than four minutes of psychic torment.
Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Kizza Me
  2. Kizza Me
  3. Thank You Friends
  4. Thank You Friends
  5. Big Black Car
  6. Big Black Car
  7. Jesus Christ
  8. Jesus Christ
  9. Femme Fatale
  10. Femme Fatale
  11. O, Dana
  12. O, Dana
  13. Holocaust
  14. Holocaust
  15. Kangaroo
  16. Kangaroo
  17. Lovely Day
  18. Stroke It Noel
  19. For You
  20. Fireplace
  21. You Can't Have Me
  22. You Can't Have Me
  23. Nightime
  24. Nightime
  25. Blue Moon
  26. Blue Moon
  27. Take Care
  28. Take Care
  29. Nature Boy [*]
  30. Nature Boy [*]
  31. Till the End of the Day [*]
  32. Till the End of the Day [*]
  33. Dream Lover [*]
  34. Dream Lover [*]
  35. Downs [*]
  36. Downs [*]
  37. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On [*]
  38. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On [*]